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July 17, 2018 - Volume 19, Issue 2
This week's program

Virginia’s Adoption Champion & Connecting Hearts Founder

Debbie Johnston has been recognized as the Entrepreneur of Richmond, Philanthropist of the Year, and Woman on the Move. Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Johnston as the Adoption Champion of Virginia in August 2014. A few months later Connecting Hearts was born. As an adoptee herself, Debbie is passionate about giving children without a home a voice in Virginia. At the age of two, Debbie’s aunt and uncle adopted her. This encouraged her advocacy efforts for other youth like her in need of a family. Connecting Hearts was formed to solve the child welfare crisis in our state as in 2014 Virginia had the most children aging out of the system without permanency and normalcy. 

As a result, Connecting Hearts mission is to find each and every child a permanent, loving home. Connecting Hearts pledges to work tirelessly until every child is given what Debbie believes should be a basic human right – a family. Debbie is proud to say that as of March 2018, Virginia has over 600+ children available for adoption and over 4,000+ children in the foster care system as opposed to the over 850+ children available for adoption and over 5,000+ children in the foster care system back in 2015. 

Virginia has made great strides in the child welfare system, and Debbie is excited to continue her child welfare advocacy efforts in making a family accessible to all children. 


CLUB #69 

The FOUR-WAY TEST of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all Concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Kelly Keene

Ken Nachman

Mark Christian

Mac Bates (Assisted by John Marriner)

Past President 
Isabelle Hilliard

Board of Directors
Chris Beach 
Chuck Duvall
Pam Embrey
Toddy Immel
Prudence Justis
Charles Layman
Barry Myers
Alex Muller
Lisa Poe
Paul Shively

Tabasco Editors 
Prudence Justis 
Joshua Barber

Announcements and Reminders

Volunteer opportunities available each week:

Meals on Wheels drivers needed to deliver meals on Thursdays, please contact Mark Ughetta at

Project W.A.R.M. wood splitting starting starts Tuesday, May 22 at 4pm at 633 Forest Lawn Drive Richmond, VA 23227 and will be every Tuesday at 4pm as weather permits

Project Homes Ramp Project — please contact Paul Shively at to sign up

Habitat for Humanity volunteers needed.
Paul Shively at or Prudence Justis at

Where others see problems, Rotary International sees solutions. Our 1.2 million members see opportunities and possibilities in their communities around the world. Learn more at:

July Birthdays

Boyko, Marc Alan (MARC) 18 July
Broussard, Joseph Eustis III (JOEY) 28 July
Chandler, Charles H. (CHARLES) 26 July
Clarke, Jerome (JEROME) 07 July
Hood, Paul B. (PAUL)  03 July
Hume, Jeffry C. (JEFF) 13 July
Joseph, Ayana (AYANA) 12 July
Kelleher, Joseph M. Jr. (JOE) 07 July
Levengood, Paul Alejandro (PAUL) 26 July
Little, Michael W. (MIKE) 05 July
Neumann, Paul A. (PAUL) 04 July
Phillips, Thomas E. Jr. (TOM) 07 July
Ralston, Troy Alan (TROY) 15 July
White, John Bryan (JOHN) 10 July

July Anniversaries

Andrews, Willard H. Jr. (WILLARD) 07/01/07
Bates, Malcolm W. (MAC) 07/01/74
Broussard, Joseph Eustis III (JOEY) 07/26/16
Coreth, Charles Ernest (CHUCK) 07/24/06
Hicks, J. Robert Jr. (BOB) 07/01/84
Vining, Gregory Patrick (GREG) 07/21/15

Willard Andrews Service

Willard's service will be held this Friday at 1:00pm. Service will be at Blileys' at 3801 Augusta Ave. Richmond, VA 23230. Charles Chandler will be doing the service.

If anyone would like to make a contribution to the Rotary Club of Richmond Foundation in Willard's memory, you may send your check to Rotary Activities at PO Box 17774, Richmond VA 23226-7664. Notate on the check "In memory of Willard" and the family will be notified.

District 7600 Rotarian of the Year - Paul Shively
Lieutenant Governor - Kenny Janes
Area Governor - Wayne Boggs

the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

The purpose of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is to strengthen your club and strengthen your life. Rotary provides an opportunity for all of us to provide service to our community and throughout the world. (Service Above Self) With that service comes a learning experience in the areas of leadership, team building, planning, marketing, communication and organization. RLI provides an opportunity to enrich that learning through sharing experiences and ideas with other Rotarians throughout the region.

Each session is highly interactive and, therefore, contains a minimum of lecturing and provides lots of opportunity for participants to share their experience and ideas. The sessions are led by Rotary leaders who have been trained in the facilitation techniques that maximize the learning experience. 

There will be a Mini-RLI event for Level 1 only on August 18, 2018 at Willow Oaks Country Club. In this session you will learn The Roots of Rotary, My Club & Beyond, Engaging Members, Our Foundation, and Creating Service Projects.

Willow Oaks Country Club

6228 Forest Hill Ave

Richmond VA 23225

To Register:

Go to

Deadline to register July 30

Starts at 8:30 AM Light Breakfast will be served.

Program time: 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM with lunch at noon

Cost: $95 per person (includes breakfast and lunch)

If you have members interesting in learning more about Rotary or are interested in future leadership positions, encourage them to attend.  If you are the President for your club, make this a board retreat!!

If a club has 4 or more to attend you will get one free registration. “443”

If you have members interesting in learning more about Rotary or are interested in future leadership positions, encourage them to attend.  If you are the President for your club, make this a board retreat!!

Please sign up today at or for more information contact 

Boo Elmore at

You're Invited to The Dedication of the Douglas Family's Home!

The Douglas Family's New Home
1502 Kansas Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221

Join Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity for Iana Wood's Dedication Ceremony! We will celebrate with a short ceremony followed by refreshments and a tour of the home. Thank you to our generous sponsors on this home, Rotary Club of Richmond and the Virginia Nonprofit Housing Coalition. Thank you to our gift in kind donors who generously donated materials and labor to help build this home, including Balzer, DOW, Loyal Termite,  Lumber Liquidators, Square D, Valspar, and Window Depot.

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